LINGUIST List 31.3486

Thu Nov 12 2020

Confs: Socioling/Online

Editor for this issue: Lauren Perkins <>

Date: 12-Nov-2020
From: Gertrud Reershemius <>
Subject: Minority Languages in the Digital Age
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Minority Languages in the Digital Age

Date: 11-Dec-2020 - 12-Dec-2020
Location: Greifswald/Online event, Germany
Contact: Gertrud Reershemius
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL:

Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics

Meeting Description:

Online conference “Minority Languages in the Digital Age” (11.-12.12.2020)

The conference will focus on the impact of digital media on speakers of smaller languages, drawing on case studies from Faroese, Frisian, Gaelic, Low German, Sorbian and Welsh. In addition to the discussion of the opportunities and challenges of digital communication, we will debate how it can be successfully applied for the learning and teaching of smaller and potentially endangered languages. Information & Registration: (Please register by 7 December 2020)

Program Information:

Friday, December 11, 2020

9.00 a.m. - 9.30 a.m. Opening and Welcome
9.30 a.m. - 10.30 a.m. Minority Languages, Digital Technology and Emerging Hierarchies of Knowledge (Helen Kelly-Holmes, Limerick)
10.30 a.m. - 10.45 a.m. Break
10.45 a.m. - 11.15 a.m. MoCoDa2: a research and teaching corpus on language and interaction in mobile messaging communication (Evelyn Ziegler, Duisburg-Essen)
11.15 a.m. - 11.45 a.m. Regional Language Maintenance and the Importance of Digital Domains (Marco Tamburelli, Bangor)
11.45 a.m. - 12.45 p.m. Break
12.45 p.m. - 1.15 p.m. North Frisian communication in digital media (Hauke ​​Heyen, Flensburg)
1:15 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. Levels of language standardization and scenarios for digitalization (in Fryslân and Groningen) (Goffe Jensma, Groningen)
1:45 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. Frisian on Social Media: Language Usage Patterns among Frisian-Dutch Bilingual Teenagers (Lysbeth Jongbloed-Faber, Maastricht)
2.15 p.m. - 2.45 p.m. Break
2.45 p.m. - 3.15 p.m. Mobile Applications in Minority Languages: Reflections from Wales (Daniel Cunliffe, Treforest)
3.15 p.m. - 3.45 p.m. Language, Education and Community in the Digital Age: A Welsh Case Study (Cynog Prys & Rhian Hodges, Bangor)
3:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. Basic Language Technologies - Infrastructure for Minority Languages ​​(Delyth Prys, Bangor)
4:15 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. break
4.45 p.m. - 5.15 p.m. Webinars in Extracurricular Low German Teaching (Birte Arendt & Ulrike Stern, Greifswald)
5.15 p.m. - 5.45 p.m. New and Old Speakers of Low German on Facebook (Gertrud Reershemius, Birmingham)
6.00 p.m. - 7.30 p.m. Public evening lecture
Minority languages ​​and that Internet: a blessing and a curse at the same time
Dr. Mandana Seyfeddinipur (University of London)
Moderation: Privatdozentin Dr. Birte Arendt (Greifswald)

Saturday, December 12, 2020

8.45 a.m. - 9.00 a.m. Opening
9.00 a.m. - 9.30 a.m. ''Welcome to Bavaria'' - a phrase book app for Bavarian (Hanna Fischer and Jeffrey Pheiff, both)
9.30 a.m. - 10.00 a.m. Sorbian mediation - digitally supported by SobLex ( Hauke ​​Bartels, Cottbus)
10.00 a.m. - 10.30 a.m. A Repository of Sámi Learning Materials (Lasse Wigelius, Kautokeino)
10.30 a.m. - 11.00 a.m. Break
11.00 a.m. - 11.30 a.m. Faroese in focus: digital insights into the smallest North Germanic language community (Laura Zieseler, Greifswald)
11.30 a.m. - 12.00 p.m. Which (mis) perceptions Matter in Minority Language Media Research? Reflections on / from an Inquiry of Digital Language Practices among Sorbian Adolescents (Sarah McMonagle, Hamburg)
12.00 p.m. - 12.30 p.m. Allochthonous minority languages ​​in digital communication: A case study on the functions of Slavic languages ​​of origin in German-based social networks (Bernhard Brehmer, Konstanz)
12.30 p.m. - 1.00 p.m. Lexical creativity and new speaker stereotypes among users of Breton on Facebook (Merryn Davies -Deacon, Belfast)
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Closing Discussion
2:00 p.m. Farewell

The international and interdisciplinary conference is funded by the German Research Foundation and the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Foundation and organized and carried out in cooperation with the University of Aston.

Registration is available here:

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